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4 Responses to “More Caught Than Taught”

  1. Dave T says:

    It’s a great story about our corrupt human nature, Mike, but I doubt the solutions proposed the last paragraph. Should every manifestation of an institution (a particular university in the institution of higher ed) hire an outsider to not only monitor cheap grades but every other possible immoral behavior? That’s a never-ending sequence of moral police – and who’s watching them? A true outsider could report moral mis-behavior but like the press, merely expose it and let other powers investigate and impose sanctions. But where would it end? There’s no solution unless Jesus is Lord for every institutional player. Gad save us given that unlikelihood.

  2. Mike Metzger says:

    Dave T: You might enjoy reading Stephen Sample’s “Contrarian Leadership.” The former President of the University of Southern California dramatically improved the school’s ranking by instituting an outside voice–a contrarian leader–on the board level.

    I understand your fear of a never-ending, infinite regression, of outsiders. Not necessary. Nor is it necessary for Jesus to be Lord of every individual at the table. Fallen people can do virtuous things. My sense is establishing all four offices of a roundtable, including the contrarian outsiders, is the most effective infrastructure that’s possible in this life.

  3. Marc Horton says:

    “four offices of a roundtable”?

  4. Mike Metzger says:


    Yes. Merlin the wise sage. Dagonet the court jester. The noble knights (which populated most of the table), and King Arthur.

    btw, these four represent the four offices of Jesus. Sage is priest. Court jester is prophet. Knights acted as restorers (i.e., redeemer). King is, well, king!

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